Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Yesterday, February 14th was the traditional day of love and friendship. Every year people exchange or give flowers, cards, candies, etc. I saw a lot of people at school really excited with flowers or teddy bears in their hands. Is really nice to have a loved one and know that their care about you and receive all of this nice things. But I was wondering if half of them know what this is about... Well I found out through the internet the history about this day. The celebration is because of a saint called Valentine and it says:
“According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.”
This history just take part of many that are out there but I think is good to know unless one of them.
I hope that you guys had a great valentine’s day and wish you the best =)
And received all of those great things(chocolates, cookies, etc =).)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Civil Rights Act of 1875

This week in my history class I was assigned to write a paper about the “Civil Rights Act of 1875” and explain the reason why it was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. It really got my attention because the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional this law. The reason why it was declared unconstitutional was because they did not wanted people of color interacting with “whites” and concluding that they were not violating the laws that already existed, informing to people that they were going to be “separate but equal”. When this period concludes, slavery and racism were out of the system. The nation was declared free. Now my point here is, I was thinking about the presidential elections and how people is criticizing the candidates because one of the candidates is a women and another candidate is a man of color. I think in some point it is an act of racism, because there are some people who are pointing out how the nation would be if they have a woman as a president or a man of color. I don’t know if you are taking my point here, but concluding with this I don’t think is right the way we behave as humans, why if there is a paper a legal paper that says “everyone is equal” we don’t accept everyone as the way they are. First of all no one is perfect, no one is going to have the same color of eyes, skin, hair, etc. but we have one thing in common we are humans and we were brought to the world to be friendly and interact with others not to hurt us. And I really hope that one day, before other thing happen in the world, the feeling of superiority and racism end.